The first round had the Lady Cats on the floor with the Kenedy girls. The game was tight, but the S-T girls prevailed 18-13.
“Although the game seemed slow from time to time, we stuck it out and tried to keep our intensity at a high level,” said S-T coach Merika Perez.Kayla Rutkowski led the S-T scoring with eight points. Marylisa Estrada added four points in the win and was cited for her hustle by Perez. Madeline Dougherty also drew the coach’s praise.
“She is a great asset to the Lady Cats. She works hard, never gives up, and she encourages her teammates,” Perez said.
In the final game the Lady Cats faced off against Port Aransas. It was another tilt that went down to the final buzzer. The S-T girls emerged with a close 15-13 victory to claim the tournament championship crown.
Rutkowski finished with five points in the win. Laikyn Lopez hit for another five and played with a lot of enthusiasm and intensity against Port Aransas, according to coach Lopez. She was the defensive player of the game.
Caitlin Leonard was the team’s spark plug in the finals.
“Caitlin really hustles the entire time she’s on the court and is really aware of what is going on in the game,” Lopez said.
“The Lady Cats defeated both Kenedy and Port Aransas to come in first place in the tournament. The Lady Cats experienced their first tournament, and we are proud of the outcome,” Lopez said.